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blacks and jews


This Jewish Couple Stood Up for Their Neighbors Before Fleeing America’s Dream Town

By On September 4, 2017

Levittown was supposed to be the realization of the American Dream. Imagined by William Levitt, a Jewish real-estate developer, America’s first mass-produced suburbs were designed for returning World War II vets. The… Read More


A Virginia Jew Created These Controversial Confederate Statues

By On August 25, 2017

Jews are a prominent part of today’s conversation about American racism and confederate history. Many have denounced Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville, and this week, three groups of rabbis canceled… Read More


How a White Jewish Boxer Made African-American Sports History

By On August 9, 2017

He’s not a household name anymore, but in 1908, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson of Galveston, Texas, became the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. And to whom did he credit his… Read More


The Black Newspaper That Championed Jewish Hair

By On January 16, 2017

The Chicago Defender comes out of the South Side (here’s looking at you, Michelle Lavaughn Obama) and focuses on the city’s African-American population. But it also has a surprising history of covering… Read More


The Jewish Schoolteacher Behind the First Black ‘Peanuts’ Character

By On October 13, 2016

  In April 1968, a Jewish schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman sat down at her kitchen table and typed out a letter to the man behind America’s favorite cartoons: the Peanuts inventor, Charles… Read More

The Jewish Visionary Behind Revolutionary Rural Black Schools

The Jewish Visionary Behind a Southern Black School Movement

By On August 11, 2015

Julius Rosenwald might be the biggest American Jewish philanthropist you’ve never heard of. Aviva Kempner’s new sweeping documentary, Rosenwald, shines a light on his rags-to-riches tale: after going from Chicago textile merchant… Read More

The Refugee Scholars Who Went From German Universities Straight to the Black South

The Refugee Scholars Who Went From German Universities Straight to the Black South

By On February 20, 2015

  The story of American Jews working with Southern blacks is well known. But the story of Southern blacks helping oppressed German Jews is not. As Nazism swept Germany in the 1930s, Jewish intellectuals fled… Read More


The 1938 Jazz Concert That Changed Black and Jewish History

By On February 16, 2015

When Benny Goodman, the Jewish clarinetist and so-called “King of Swing” took center stage at Carnegie Hall on January 16, 1938, the audience was in for more than just a rollicking time. That… Read More

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